Yoga as Service: An Interview by Christians Practicing Yoga


Hi, Yoga Friends,

How are you doing?

How are you being?

No, really – how ARE you?

I hope you’re able to answer that you’re basically okay. And even in the midst of some really hard stuff, you might be uncovering some joys.

I’m basically okay. And when people ask me how I’m doing I say, “Okay.” And then when they stare at me, or when they remain silent on the phone, I follow up with, “You know, I’m just taking it hour by hour.”

You, too, right?

One friend tells me, “I’m taking it minute by minute!”
And I think, Yes, this is also “okay” and right!


Karma Yoga or Seva Yoga is the yoga of service, and it’s a beautiful path to walk in the world. I consider myself ridiculously lucky to have had an opportunity to serve fall straight into my lap four years ago. Managing editor of the Christians Practicing Yoga Blog, Molly Metzger, recently interviewed me for a post on Seva, and it was published on their website earlier this week. You can find it here and learn the story of how I came to teach yoga for veterans in my local community, and now to all the corners of the internet.

Christians Practicing Yoga (CPY) is “an organization that studies the intersections of yoga philosophy and Christian theology—and the practices of both—in order to provide support, education, and community for an interdenominational Christian audience. ”

You can find out more about the history of CPY here, and you can read the awesome story of the naming of Christians Practicing Yoga here. (The level of intentionality in their naming is the reason I reached out and wiggled my way into this powerful, gentle, passionate community.)

If you’re interested, here’s the link to the interview:
Trauma-Informed Yoga with Veterans.

Photo by Maria Orlova on


May you live as long as you want,
And never want as long as you live.

May you be blessed like crazy,
And may you have the strength to bear it

And may you know the sweetness of ease and rest
as the morning grasses know the delight of dewfall.

Keep Practicing, Friends,
minute by minute,
just 120 seconds a day,


The Universal Yogi


Please pass this on to anyone who might benefit from some free yoga for veterans, and to anyone who might benefit from the awesome discussions and discourse taking place at Christians Practicing Yoga.

Yoga News

The first meeting of Power Yoga, Beginners and Beyond will meet this Saturday.  Each class is individualized and self-sustaining; however, subsequent classes will build on knowledge and experiences gained in the preceding classes.  It is a great experience to attend an entire session as one creates a foundation of experiential knowledge from which to question, experiment, and enjoy a personal yoga practice.

In addition, I am scheduled to teach two more free classes for the Yoga for Veterans group at the AmVets on 4th St. in Mansfield:  Nov. 5 and 19th.  Please spread the word about this wonderful gift to our military community and families.  Everyone with a connection to a military service member is encouraged to attend!

See below for more details, or click on Yoga Class Schedule to find the full list of offerings.

Happy Practicing!

The Catholic Yogi

Yoga for Veterans
Nov. 5 & 19th
10:30 – 11:30am
Am Vets, Mansfield, Post #26

Veterans Yoga in Richland County was started by Dale Warren as a way to support veterans and their families.  Area teachers take turns leading free weekly classes.  My class will focus on mindful breathing and moving, the relationship between the body and mind, and the ways in which a regular yoga practice can help relieve stress and rediscover a sense of balance and ease in daily life, as well as in particularly stressful circumstances.  To find out more, please email questions to Dale at and keep in touch with veterans yoga via facebook.

Ashtanga-Based Power Yoga*, Beginners & Beyond

Saturday Mornings, 7:00 – 8:15am
6 week session:  Oct. 15 – Nov. 19
The Butterfly House
$50 for the session, or $12 drop-in

This 75 minute morning yoga class will explore postures and breathing techniques that cultivate ease and openness, strength and flexibility, awareness and contentment. Utilizing the principles of Ashtanga Yoga while following our body’s internal rhythms and wisdom, we will find support where we are weak and inspiration where we are strong.  Beginners & Beyond focuses on the fundamentals of power yoga, as well as explores modifications and variations on the traditional practice.  Come with an open mind and a big heart. All levels welcome!

*This is a physically demanding practice; please consult your health care provider before attending if you have any concerns.